In the 1890s the artist Claude Monet and his large family moved to the town of Giverny, near Paris, where over the years the gardens at his house became a lush and exotic source of inspiration. In his book Mad Enchantment, Ross King tells the story of the artist’s later years at Giverny and the famous paintings he produced there. We begin a five-part reading of his book this Sunday on Radio 3 at 6.45 p.m.
On Monday's Backchat, air pollution. Is it getting better, and if so, how fast? An environmental advocacy group has proposed a new set of 5-year air quality objectives up to 2025, and revised the targets of the concentration limits for key pollutants. Is this enough? Is the Government setting low targets so that development projects won't be impeded? Why are ozone levels on the rise? What measures could be formulated to 'clean' the air? After 9.20, CSSA re-worked.
Helping and serving others is the foundation of happiness. Themed as “Spread some Joy this Christmas”, Operation Santa Claus, the annual fundraising event jointly organised by Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) Radio 3 and the South China Morning Post (SCMP), has raised more than HK$17 million for 13 charity projects this year.
Guests at the closing ceremony, held at Crown Wine Cellars in Shouson Hill, were entertained by band leader Colin Aitchison and the China Coast Jazzmen. And 13-year-old award-winning local singer Elizabeth Stewart was also on stage to help fill the occasion with warmth. Officiating guests, Director of Broadcasting LEUNG Ka-wing and Chief Executive Officer of South China Morning Post Gary LIU then revealed the total raised -- HK$17,096,327 -- on a specially made extended scroll. They expressed heartfelt thanks for the generous support from individuals, schools, groups of workmates and corporate donors over the past two months.
Among the supporters who made this year such a success, several received special awards during the ceremony. Top School Fundraiser went to Discovery Mind School, while Shung Tak Catholic English College was awarded Most Creative School Fundraiser. This year’s Top Corporate Fundraiser was Morgan Stanley, and Swire Properties was recognized as Most Creative Corporate Fundraiser.
Congratulations to Adam Roberts - Backchat Person of The Year 2018! The police veteran and his team from the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Bureau were busy in early 2018 disarming buried wartime bombs found at the Wan Chai construction site for the MTR's Sha Tin to Central link. Thanks to Mr. Roberts -- who spoke to the media afterwards -- and his colleagues, the 450KG bombs, dropped during the Second World War, were safely defused. Thanks also to our listeners for taking part in the poll, and for your great support!
This week's Letter to Hong Kong comes from Civic Party leader and legislator Alvin Yeung. (Sundays, 8.15am-8.25am)
Sunday Escape: The Pop Fugitives are very relieved to note that there are plenty of new music releases. It seems we are finally getting back on track for the new year. So they'll be rounding up the best of those, including choosing their album of the week and delving into a box set.
Plus, Paul has been playing Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes which is apparently a hack and slack adventure game where, after a break of seven years, Travis Touchdown has to fight the revenge-seeking Badman.
They'll also be lamenting the loss of another record shop and consoling themselves with biscuits. (Sundays 9.30am-1pm)
This week, the moon’s in blue, Mario’s in full voice and Andy’s in the village.
Plus Mr Parker is very much in the know about the Parker sisters. Don’t miss it!
Congratulations to our very own Steve James, who’s been declared top on-air personality in the main Asia-wide broadcasting awards, the ABU Prizes. Steve has been hailed as number one for his weekday afternoon show by the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union – which has a network of members that can reach 3 billion people across the region! It’s great recognition for Steve, who’s been with Radio 3 for the past 17 years. As well as hosting his show, The Steve James Afternoon Drive – to give it its full title – with its comic social observations, parody songs and social media engagement, he’s also the producer of Vintage Chart Toppers, and works his magic on lots of the Radio 3 trails and theme tunes that you hear every day. In all, RTHK won four top prizes in the seven radio categories – an unprecedented success – the others coming in the documentary, news reporting and community service announcement sections.
The Friends of Asia 5-A-Side Football Tournament was held on Sunday 25th November 2018 at Sha Wan Sports Ground. It is part of the annual charity campaign Operation Santa Claus, jointly organised by RTHK and the South China Morning Post. Here's some highlights from the fun day!
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